Liberty, Hazen soccer teams begin state competition

May 14, 2013

NEW — 3:10 p.m. May 14, 2013

The 2013 regular season was nothing but a success for the Liberty and Hazen high school boys soccer teams.

The Highlanders clinched their second straight Seamount League title. Led by the league’s athlete of the year Sam Bunnell, Hazen lost only one game this season.

Hazen was well represented on the all-league team, including Bunnell and coach Ken Matthews, who was named coach of the year.

Liberty matched the Highlanders, clinching the league title in a tough KingCo 3A/2A Conference. The Patriots lost only one game on the season. Coach Darren Tremblay was named the league’s coach of the year. Read more

King County holds hearing about proposed Metro cuts

May 13, 2013

NEW — 3:05 p.m. May 13, 2013

The King County Council’s Transportation, Economy and Environment Committee will host a special May 14 meeting to hear public testimony about potential Metro Transit service cuts.

Metro is facing a $75 million budget shortfall due to a drop in sales tax revenue, and unless new funding becomes available, the agency will have to reduce the transit system by about 17 percent, which equates to about 600,000 service hours.

Potential service cuts could affect Newcastle routes. Bus route 114 could be eliminated, while route 240 could experience overcrowding and reliability issues if the cuts go through, according to the King County Metro Transit website.

The hearing takes place May 14 in Seattle at Union Station, 401 S. Jackson St. An open house begins at 3:30 p.m., and then testimony starts at 4 p.m. Read more

Online and in-person candidate filing begins Monday

May 13, 2013

NEW — 11:25 a.m. May 13, 2013

Candidates interested in filing for any of the 331 positions open for election in King County this year may file online or in person for office from May 13-17.

King County Elections encourages candidates to file online, the easiest and most efficient method, according to a press release from the office. Candidates who prefer to file in-person at King County Elections Renton headquarters will be directed to county computers to file online.Staff assistance will be available.

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Construction on Coal Creek Parkway culvert begins May 15

May 10, 2013

UPDATED — 9:35 a.m. May 16, 2013

Work is finally set to begin on a city of Bellevue project that will replace an aging culvert underneath Coal Creek Parkway.

The Bellevue portion of Coal Creek Parkway between Southeast 60th Street and Forest Drive will be reduced to one lane in each direction for 24 hours a day until December, beginning May 15.

The city of Newcastle is doing all it can to mitigate the bottleneck that the all-day closure is expected to cause, including changing the timing of some traffic signals. Ultimately, though, drivers are encouraged to use alternate routes, especially during the morning and evening commutes. Read more

Show off your pesticide-free yard with a ladybug sign

May 9, 2013

NEW — 3:00 p.m. May 9, 2013

Families that maintain their yards without pesticides can proudly display their healthy-gardening practices with a “pesticide-free zone” sign, courtesy of King County and Washington Toxics Coalition.

Since kids are most at risk from toxins like pesticides, King County would like to recognize lawns and parks that are pesticide free, according to a press release from King County.

Families in King County who take care of their lawns without pesticides can take a pledge and receive the sign to recognize their efforts. The round sign has a ladybug on it and proclaims the lawn as a “pesticide-free zone”. Go to to sign the pledge and get your free yard sign. Read more

Local chamber chorale launches Kickstarter campaign

May 7, 2013

NEW — 1:30 p.m. May 7, 2013

The Musica Sacra Chamber Chorale, directed by Newcastle resident Bob Ingalls, announced the launch of a Kickstarter campaign to fund the release of the group’s first holiday album.

The music will be taken primarily from digital recordings of their previous concerts. Most of the music is already completed, but it requires the touch of a production expert to bring the songs to their full potential, according to a press release.

The group hopes to raise $3,500 by May 24, and as of May 7, they were already more than halfway toward their goal, with $2,700 pledged.

Musica Sacra Chamber Chorale is a select choir with 16 core members formed to celebrate sacred music as well as serve as an avenue to benefit the people and environment around us. Read more

Liberty soccer wins KingCo title

May 7, 2013

NEW — 11:50 a.m. May 7, 2013

The Liberty High School boys soccer team clinched the KingCo title with a 2-1 victory against Mount Si on May 2.

Connor Noblat and Josh Johnson scored the two goals for the Patriots.

The win means that Liberty now goes directly to the state tournament, where it will host the No. 3 team from the WesCo 3A tournament at 7 p.m. May 15.

Liberty has had a dominant season so far, posting a 10-1-3 conference record. The team’s only loss this season was against Bellevue.


Newcastle Earth Day Celebration / April 20, 2013

May 6, 2013

Liberty PTSA hosts electronics recycling drive

May 3, 2013

NEW — 1:20 p.m. May 3, 2013

Newcastle residents will have the opportunity to donate unwanted items at the Liberty High School PTSA electronics recycling drive from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. May 4 at Renton Technical College, 3000 N.E. 4th St., Renton.

The collection location will be in the upper parking lot of the school.

Accepted items include working and broken electronics, appliances, bicycles, motorcycles, cars, trucks, batteries, fitness equipment, medical equipment, lawnmowers and barbecues. Computers, laptops, printers, scanners and other computer parts are also accepted.

Volunteers will collect the items, and the Renton nonprofit 1 Green Planet will haul away the collections. Donating is free, but the Liberty PTSA appreciates monetary donations as well.

The general public is welcome and encouraged to use this event to properly dispose of their electronics.

Pets face challenges, too, as temperature climbs higher

May 3, 2013

NEW — 1:00 p.m. May 3, 2013

The Regional Animal Services of King County is offering pet owners simple tips to keep pets cool as the mercury surges to 80 degrees this weekend.

Because animals cannot sweat like humans and can overheat quickly, especially as the temperature rises above 70 degrees, remember to provide plenty of fresh, cool water to pets, and shade from the sun.

Owners should not leave pets inside a vehicle, especially on warm days.

In sunny weather, the temperature inside a car can quickly rise to 120 degrees or more, even with windows left slightly open. Animals left in a hot car, even for just a few minutes, can suffer from heat stroke, brain damage or death. Read more

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